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Graduate roles

The Treasury recruits up to 100 graduates annually.  Head to the dedicated Graduate section of the website for all the details on direct entry into the Treasury.

Are you eligible?

  • You will need to have a minimum of 320 UCAS points made up of your top 3 A-levels (or equivalent)
  • Have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2.1 by August 2016
  • Your degree can be in any discipline
  • You'll need an analytical mind, the ability to see the bigger picture and excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Civil Service Nationality Rules mean we may only accept applications from European Economic Area (EEA) nationals (including British citizens), Commonwealth citizens, Swiss and Turkish nationals
  • You must have the right to work in the UK. Full details on immigration and security clearance are detailed below

Key Dates

Applications for our 2016 Policy Adviser cohorts are closed. Applications for our 2017 programme will open in the late summer of 2016. To register your interest in future opportunities with HM Treasury, please click the 'Register your interest’ link below.

Application process

Online application

The application process begins with an online application form. You will need to provide log-in details in the form of an email address and a password. You'll be asked to provide personal information, including your contact details, your National Insurance Number and some diversity information. You'll then be asked some eligibility questions.

You will also be asked to complete answers to a few questions. There are word limits for your responses, so please ensure that you provide clear and concise evidence to demonstrate your suitability for the role.

References and start date

You should be able to provide details of one or more referees who can provide references for the last complete year - either employers, including your current/most recent, an academic reference, or a combination of both. Referees will only be contacted at the point an offer has been accepted.

The spring cohort will be expected to start in April 2016 and those currently studying will join the autumn cohort and be expected to start in September 2016.

Online tests

We will review applications shortly after they have been submitted. If you satisfy the eligibility questions, you will be invited to complete a number of online tests. All eligible candidates will be asked to complete a situational judgement test (SJT). This will assess your approach to situations encountered in the Treasury if you were a Policy Adviser. If you are shortlisted after the SJT, you will be asked to complete a numerical reasoning test and verbal reasoning test. All of the tests can be completed online and at your own time within the deadlines outlined above.

Application review

If you meet the criteria in both the numerical and verbal reasoning test, your application will be progressed to the final review. The answers you provided to the application questions will be assessed against competency based assessment criteria. If you are successful, you will be invited to an assessment centre in central London.

Assessment centre

If you pass the final application review stage, the final recruitment stage is to attend an assessment centre in central London. The assessment centre will include a number of exercises including a presentation, written case study and an interview. We will confirm these details with you in advance. At the interview you will be free to ask any questions you may have.

Diversity

The Treasury believes a diverse workforce has a positive impact on our work and we want to do everything we can to ensure that we reflect the society we serve. In order to ensure we treat people fairly, irrespective of their background, we ask all applicants to complete a short diversity questionnaire. This information is kept securely and will only be used for monitoring purposes. It will not be disclosed to those making selection decisions.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The Civil Service is committed to promoting diversity. We want to support your application as best we can. For that reason, the Treasury operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS). This means applicants with a disability will be required to meet the eligibility requirements, complete the application form and will need to meet a minimum standard in the situational judgement test and application review stages. If you apply via GIS, you will only be able to by-pass the online verbal and numerical tests - you will still undertake all subsequent stages of assessment, with adjustments as appropriate.

Reasonable adjustments

At every stage of the selection process, we will ask you to let us know about any adjustments you require so that you can participate fully in the selection activities.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please call us on 0845 366 5573, or email us at HMTreasury@penna.com

If you meet the criteria in both the numerical and verbal reasoning test, your application will be progressed to the final review. The answers you provided to the application questions will be assessed against competency based assessment criteria. If you are successful, you will be invited to an assessment centre in central London.

More about nationality requirements

HM Treasury accepts applications from European Economic Area (EEA) nationals (including British citizens), Commonwealth citizens, Swiss and Turkish nationals. This requirement is determined by the Civil Service Nationality Rules. If you hold dual nationality (i.e. you are a British citizen and are also a national of another country) you should still be able to join us. In your application, you'll be asked about your nationality at birth, whether you have ever possessed any other nationality or citizenship, whether you are subject to immigration control and whether there are any restrictions on your continued residence or employment in the UK. Please be aware that a lack of sufficient background information may preclude you from being granted security clearance necessary for employment with HM Treasury.

More about immigration

As well as meeting the Civil Service Nationality Rules, you must comply with UK immigration legislation. It is possible to meet our nationality requirements but still not be legally entitled to work in the UK. If this applies to you, we shall not be able to offer you a place at HM Treasury even if your application is successful. The UK operates a points-based immigration system and we strongly recommend that you clarify your legal right to work in the UK before applying. It is your responsibility to determine whether you are affected by immigration regulations. HM Treasury cannot advise on or enter into correspondence about individual cases.

For this recruitment HM Treasury are not able to sponsor Tier 2 visas and unfortunately due to the nature and requirements of the Policy Adviser role we are also unable to accept those with a Tier 4 (Student) visa due to the restrictions that would be placed on your employment.

In all cases, employment will depend on your continuing right to live and work in the UK. Your employment will be terminated if that right expires.

You should ensure you are aware of changes to the immigration rules that may affect you. Our policy may change in response to any changes to the legal basis on which employment in the Civil Service rests. If you are affected by changes to the UK immigration system during the application process, we will contact you, if successful, to discuss your status. Such cases will be assessed on an individual basis, but any offer of employment will depend on the legislation in force at the time.

Please also note that the HM Treasury selection process requires you to be physically present in the UK on at least one occasion. If you travel to the UK to attend the selection process, HM Treasury will not reimburse any travel expenses.

More about security and pre-employment checks

HM Treasury conducts the Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) and requires all staff to be security cleared to Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) level as a minimum. After making a verbal job offer we will begin the BPSS checks to ensure that you are eligible to join HM Treasury and that you are suitable for employment as a civil servant. For example, you will be asked to verify your identity and to provide evidence to account for your movements during the previous year. We will give you more information about these and other necessary checks if your application is successful.

For CTC clearance you will be asked to complete an online security questionnaire. We will email you full details once a job offer has been made. For meaningful checks to be carried out, applicants will normally need to have lived in the UK for at least three years. Living abroad is not necessarily a bar to a security clearance, but the Department will need to consider on a case by case basis using all information that can be obtained following a successful application.

Please note that if you are able to provide the information required but decline to do so, you will automatically forfeit your appointment to HM Treasury. If you knowingly provide false information, you might be committing a criminal offence and if deliberate deception comes to light after your appointment, you might be dismissed. If there are reasons why it is impossible for you to provide the required information, we will consider alternative ways of checking your suitability for employment.

Experienced Hire Roles

Experienced Hire Roles

As a department of over 1000 people, we employ people in a broad range of positions, at every Civil Service grade. Whatever stage you’re at in your career, we can offer roles that will test your abilities, strengthen your experience, build your track record and continue your professional development. 

We regularly recruit policy advisers and other professionals, from both within and outside the Civil Service. By joining us at the Treasury you can harness your experience and insight to inform decision making and policy development right at the heart of government  (or to lead the teams who are getting the job done). 

You can search and apply for our current vacancies on the Civil Service Jobs website

Business Support

Business Support

Whatever stage you’re at in your career, we can offer roles that will test your abilities, strengthen your experience, build your track record and continue your professional development.  For future opportunities, please register your interest below. Alternatively, you may apply for any available external HM Treasury jobs through the Civil Service Jobs website.

 

Application process

Online application

The application process begins with an online application form. You will need to provide log-in details in the form of an email address and a password. You'll be asked to provide personal information, including your contact details, your National Insurance Number and some diversity information. You will be asked to complete 3 competency based questions and you'll then be asked some eligibility questions.

References

You should be able to provide details of one or more referees who can provide references for the last complete year - employers, including your current/most recent, an academic reference, or a combination.

Application Sift

The answers you provided to the competency questions will be assessed against competency based assessment criteria. If you are successful, you will be invited to an assessment centre in central London.

Assessment Centre

If you pass the application sift, the final stage is to attend an assessment centre in central London. The assessment centre will include a number of exercises and an interview. We will confirm these details with you in advance. At the interview you will be free to ask any questions you may have.

Diversity

HM Treasury believes a diverse workforce has a positive impact on our work and we want to do everything we can to ensure that we reflect the society we serve. In order to ensure we treat people fairly, irrespective of their background, we ask all applicants to complete a short diversity questionnaire. This information is kept securely and will only be used for monitoring purposes. It will not be disclosed to those making selection decisions.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The Civil Service is committed to promoting diversity. We want to support your application as best we can. For that reason, HM Treasury operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS). This means applicants with a disability will be required to meet the eligibility requirements, complete the application form and will need to meet a minimum standard in the scenario sift, but will not be required to complete the online tests. If you apply via GIS, you will only be able to by-pass the online tests - you will still undertake all subsequent stages of assessment, with adjustments as appropriate.

Reasonable adjustments

At every stage of the selection process, we will ask you to let us know about any adjustments you require so that you can participate fully in the selection activities.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please call us on 0845 366 5573, or email us at HMTreasury@penna.com

More about nationality requirements

HM Treasury accepts applications from European Economic Area (EEA) nationals (including British citizens), Commonwealth citizens, Swiss and Turkish nationals. This requirement is determined by the Civil Service Nationality Rules. If you hold dual nationality (i.e. you are a British citizen and are also a national of another country) you should still be able to join us. In your application, you'll be asked about your nationality at birth, whether you have ever possessed any other nationality or citizenship, whether you are subject to immigration control and whether there are any restrictions on your continued residence or employment in the UK. Please be aware that a lack of sufficient background information may preclude you from being granted security clearance necessary for employment with HM Treasury.

More about immigration

As well as meeting the Civil Service Nationality Rules, you must comply with UK immigration legislation. It is possible to meet our nationality requirements but still not be legally entitled to work in the UK. If this applies to you, we shall not be able to offer you a place at HM Treasury even if your application is successful. The UK operates a points-based immigration system and we strongly recommend that you clarify your legal right to work in the UK before applying. It is your responsibility to determine whether you are affected by immigration regulations. HM Treasury cannot advise on or enter into correspondence about individual cases.

For this recruitment HM Treasury are not able to sponsor Tier 2 visas and unfortunately due to the nature and requirements of the Policy Adviser role we are also unable to accept those with a Tier 4 (Student) visa due to the restrictions that would be placed on your employment.

In all cases, employment will depend on your continuing right to live and work in the UK. Your employment will be terminated if that right expires.

You should ensure you are aware of changes to the immigration rules that may affect you. Our policy may change in response to any changes to the legal basis on which employment in the Civil Service rests. If you are affected by changes to the UK immigration system during the application process, we will contact you, if successful, to discuss your status. Such cases will be assessed on an individual basis, but any offer of employment will depend on the legislation in force at the time.

Please also note that the HM Treasury selection process requires you to be physically present in the UK on at least one occasion. If you travel to the UK to attend the selection process, HM Treasury will not reimburse any travel expenses.

More about security and pre-employment checks

HM Treasury conducts the Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) and requires all staff to be security cleared to Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) level as a minimum. After making a verbal job offer we will begin the BPSS checks to ensure that you are eligible to join HM Treasury and that you are suitable for employment as a civil servant. For example, you will be asked to verify your identity and to provide evidence to account for your movements during the previous year. We will give you more information about these and other necessary checks if your application is successful.

For CTC clearance you will be asked to complete an online security questionnaire. We will email you full details once a job offer has been made. For meaningful checks to be carried out, applicants will normally need to have lived in the UK for at least three years. Living abroad is not necessarily a bar to a security clearance, but the Department will need to consider on a case by case basis using all information that can be obtained following a successful application.

Please note that if you are able to provide the information required but decline to do so, you will automatically forfeit your appointment to HM Treasury. If you knowingly provide false information, you might be committing a criminal offence and if deliberate deception comes to light after your appointment, you might be dismissed. If there are reasons why it is impossible for you to provide the required information, we will consider alternative ways of checking your suitability for employment.